Feds fund Navajo schools 11 years after replacement was deemed a priority

Here, from Cronkite News. An excerpt:

Quinton Roman Nose, executive director of the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, said that he has dealt with the same gridlock in his work as president of a school board.

“By no means should it take as long as it takes,” he said. “I don’t like to think about it.”

“Some of these situations with bureau schools could have been alleviated if they had processed the building in a timely manner with the amount of funding that was available,” Roman Nose said.

While they wait, students have to continue trying to learn in those decaying buildings, some of which only meet the bare minimum to function, said Walter Phelps, a Navajo Nation Council delegate.

“If environmental health were to take a very close look, they might shut down some classrooms,” he said.

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